Keep your cool this summer and prevent heat illnesses

Senior Couple Enjoying Picnic Together

Older adults are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, which can pose serious health risks if proper precautions aren’t taken. Move immediately to a cool place and drink water, if you notice symptoms of heat illness, such as dizziness, headaches, or dry mouth. Prevent heat-related illness by staying hydrated, wearing protective clothing in the sun, avoiding too much exposure or exertion in the heat, and keeping cool indoors.

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Chartwell Deerview Crossing hosts Canada 150 butterfly release

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“We decided to host a butterfly release ceremony for the St. Therese Lisieux kindergarten class,” explains Ann Swaby, Lifestyle & Program Manager at Chartwell Deerview Crossing. “At the thought of having so many generations under one roof celebrating the beauty of life, we knew it was the perfect way to gear up for Canada 150.”

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Great ways for seniors to exercise in the great outdoors

Senior woman doing yoga exercises

It’s summer and nature is calling, urging all of us to take our fitness and activity programs outside. Research on why outdoor exercise is better than indoor exercise is building: a 2012 study of adults 66 or older found that participants who exercised outdoors (usually walking), completed, on average, about 30 minutes more exercise than those who worked indoors.

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Prevent stroke and disability by knowing the risk factors and warning signs

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Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in Canada, and two thirds of strokes occur among people over 65. Your risk of stroke can be greatly reduced through healthy lifestyle habits including not smoking, being physically active, managing stress and healthy eating. Recognizing the five warning signs of stroke and getting rapid treatment can prevent or limit disability from a stroke.

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Health tips for senior men

Senior friends enjoying outside

About 70% of men’s health problems are preventable by making small changes to health habits. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. A diet high in vegetables and low in fat and charred or processed meats can reduce prostate cancer risks. Men are more prone to develop abdominal fat, which raises the risk for many illnesses, but good nutrition and exercise can shrink the belly and health risks.

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